The Robert McLaughlin Gallery receives an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery receives an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

The Ontario Trillium Foundation announced today that The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, located in the heart of Oshawa, received a significant grant that supports the organization’s purpose—a  dedication to sharing, exploring, and engaging with various communities through the continuing story of modern and contemporary Canadian art.

The grant totals $167,100 over 36 months and will support improvements to the gallery including new flooring and signage. The funds also support the growing volunteer program, with specific focus on increasing youth and young adults’ access to arts and cultural programming and volunteerism in Oshawa. Funds are also included to support the popular RMG Fridays program through increased youth participation. RMG Fridays is a monthly all-ages event that includes live music, art talks, gallery tours, openings, and community partnerships.

Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation said,

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation has the unique opportunity to partner with a diverse range of not-for-profits and charities, all of whom are passionate and committed to helping their communities. I am excited to see what this round of grantees will accomplish with our support.”

Gabrielle Peacock, CEO of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery agreed that,

“This grant provides us the support we need to increase youth participation and engagement with arts and culture programming, ultimately helping us to forge valuable long-term relationships in our community while supporting youth volunteerism. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our initiatives.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. The OTF believes that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive, and their grants stimulate communities to build on these assets.

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RMG Exposed 2013 Winners Announced

On the evening of Saturday 9 November, 2013 we hosted RMG Exposed 2013, our annual fundraiser and Juried Photography Competition, during which we handed out the awards to emerging local and national photographers. RMG Exposed is open to photographers of all ages and career levels. It provides exposure to emerging photographers and raises awareness about both the gallery and contemporary photography. From hundreds of entries, the jury selected works to be auctioned in a Silent Auction format, and 10 works to be professionally framed and auctioned in a Live Auction format. The prints were generously donated to the RMG by the photographers and all funds raised from the auctions support educational and community programming.

Thank you to all participating photographers, the event sponsors, our volunteers, The Doozies for their great performance, Melissa Bies for hosting our craft beer tasting bar, and all who attended to make the evening a great night. Click here to visit the RMG Exposed website and learn more. 

The 2013 RMG Exposed Prize Winners:

RBC Emerging Photographer Award for Best Overall Submission  

Prize: Spring 2014 Solo Exhibition Project at the RMG including $2000 Artist’s Fee


Winner: Jonathan Groeneweg, Bleecker Street CO-OP Garden

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities

Best Photojournalism/Documentary

Prize: Portfolio Review with Stephen Bulger Gallery


Winner: Lindsay Lauckner, Painted Portraits

Sponsored by Stephen Bulger Gallery

Best Landscape/Architecture

Prize: $300 Pikto Gift Card


Winner: Jason Brown, Canada Rocks, Middleton, PEI, 2011

Sponsored by Pikto

Best Conceptual/Non-Representational

Prize: $300 Concrete Contemporary Prize


Winner: Carolyn Doucette, Cruising the Inside Passage: Glacier Bay

Sponsored by Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects

Best Student

Prize: $200 Robert Aldsworth Photo World Gift Card


Winner: Sarah Novak, Aware

Sponsored by Robert Aldsworth’s Photo World

Canadian Content Prize

Prize: $400 cash


Winner: Ralph Nevins, Prairie Winter Take2

Sponsored by Independent Project Managers

Community Choice Award

Prize: $400 cash

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Winner: Sean Langworth, Skateboard Shadow

Sponsored by College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology


DATCA 2013

This month’s RMG Fridays is moved back a week and hosted on the second Friday in November. It is for a great reason! For the second year in a row, the RMG has partnered with the Region of Durham and Durham Tourism to present the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA).

The event is sure to be busy and attended by many! The event blends the familiar format of RMG Fridays, an event that includes live music and a cash bar, with the DATCA event, which includes an inspiring awards ceremony, honouring the best in creative achievement from 2013.

“Durham Region’s creative talent is thriving, and our judging committee was impressed by the quality of nominations submitted for this year’s Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager. “Our rich heritage, dynamic attractions, and thriving arts and culture scene make up a quality of life in Durham Region that is second to none.”

Awards to be presented are:

Best creative collaboration
Best story about Durham Region
Best entertainment in Durham Region
Best creative innovation
Best use of creativity to advance social and environmental sustainability
Best example of philanthropy in the arts

Congratulations to the nominees:

  • Blue Heron Books; Shelley Macbeth
  • Broken Arts/Fallen Love; Harley Pageot (Three Nominations)
  • City of Pickering
  • Draughthorse Productions; Diana Lopez Soto
  • Durham Improv; Stephanie Herrera
  • Edward and Marla Schwartz
  • Geetika Dance Co.; Geeta Leo
  • Herongate Dinner Theatre; Ann Ward
  • Highest Level Entertainment; Marko Ivancicevic
  • Janice McHaffie
  • Jay Yerema-Weafer
  • Municipality of Clarington, Mayor Adrian Foster
  • Oshawa Space Invaders; Steven Frank (Two Nominations)
  • Peacefully Productive Studios; Darrin Davis
  • Pickering Museum Village; Katrina Pyke
  • Social Solutionz, Abilities Centre, Accessible Arts; Adam Wilkinson
  • SOUND TEAM Team Building Events; Rob Hanson
  • The Table; Carol Cavallari

The event is free and open to all! Please come out on Friday night and celebrate creativity with us. Doors open at 6:30pm and the awards start at 7.  

Read an article in the Oshawa Express about this event.

Read more about The Art of Transition.

Check out The Art of Transition on Facebook.

Learn more about RMG Fridays at the RMG Website.